Knowing all to well from previous Jeeps I knew a re-gear was necessary to regain my crawl ratio, gas mileage, and peace of mind when im on the rocks. I bounced around the idea of 4.88s, 5.13s and 5.38s. This rig has the 3.6, Rubi case and its an automatic. There is also a much better chance it will end up on 40s or stay on 37s rather than ever see 35s after this set of 37s. So I went with a set of Yukon 5.13's and a set of Yukon master overhaul install kits.
When it came to what lift kit and what size I bounced around RK, Currie, and ultimately chose the Synergy 3" Phase 3 lift kit with 2.0 FOX shocks. I upgraded to all 8 adjustable CA's with JJ's. For the money this kit is the most complete kit on the market. I added in the Synergy front lower CA weld on skids and to take out the rake I added in a set of Teraflex 3/4" leveling pucks.
This rig has been 95% hand built in my garage with the help of my wife, 5yr old son and friends, including mounting the TOYOs on the TRs. I started with the rear end first. All 4 rear control arms, Synergy springs, rear track bar bracket, FOX shocks, lower shock mount brackets, extended steel braided brake lines, bump stops, sway bar links, and I added in a UCF armored diff cover.
The front end was next. All 4 front control arms, Synergy springs, extended steel braided brake lines, bump stops, sway bar links, front track bar bracket, Synergy flipped drag link kit, hi-mount steering stabilizer kit with FOX shock.
For my style of wheeling I needed the best approach and decent angles a set of bumpers could provide. I chose the Rancho stubby front bumper that is built with 1/4" steel, perfect for mounting my ENGO 10Klb winch and Rancho rear tire carrier which is plenty strong enough to hold the heavy 37. I fabricated and welded on a front hoop to protect the rig. I also added the plate deletion kit from GenRight. I quickly swapped out the 5/16 steel cable with a 3/8 Master Pull color matched synthetic line for added strength and safety.
For more protection underneath the rig I went with the EVO Pro Tek kit. I still like the cheaper personality mods, so I Plasti Dipped the front grill and added the Home Depot DIY mesh grill inserts. Here are a couple shots of the front hoop being fabbed up as well.
I've added a few cool things here and there like a Trasharoo for trail use, a Teraflex CB antenna mount, a set of RotoPax providing 4 gallons of water when needed here in the desert, mounted on the universal RotoPax plate installed on the factory spare tire location bolts.
I mounted a 52" LED light bar to the top of the windshield a set of 3x2 pillar LEDs and a 12"LED light bar on the front bumper. I went with the Rugged Ridge A-Pillar rocker switch and 4 green Daystar switch kit. I also liked the Drake hood latch kit but decided to fab my own up for $11.00 per side.